Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for F9, the ninth chapter of The Fast And Furious franchise, which was first launched in 2001. It’s been interesting to see how these films have evolved in the past 20 years. What started out as a simple look at the world of underground street racing has since turned into a high-octane heist actioner and changed once more into an international spy thriller.
But at the heart of these films is the theme of never turning your back on family. It’s something that keeps recurring throughout each installment. And now, Dom’s code (Vin Diesel) will be put up to the test when he faces his own forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena), one of the world’s most skilled assassin and high-performance driver.
Justin Lin, who directed The Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast And Furious, Fast Five, Furious 6 (as it appears on screen), returns to direct F9, using a script written by Dan Casey. And judging by the looks of the trailer, Lin is making the action set pieces bigger than anything that has come before it. He raises the bar once again by making more outrageous stunts. And you know what, I am here for it, and I want to see more.
I mean, there are magnet planes, freight trucks being flipped, cars slinging themselves, and so many other crazy things. And then, there’s the surprising return of Han (Sung Kang). Yup, he’s back, and he’s there to give Dom and his family some help to fend off whatever Jakob and Cipher (Charlize Theron) have in store for them.
It will be interesting to see how much has changed since the events of Fate Of The Furious. Based on the trailer, Dom and Letty have been trying to live a life of peace with their son, Brian, named after their longtime pal and racing rival Brian (the late Paul Walker). However, they are drawn back into the life they thought they left behind.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for F9:
Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, next year’s The Suicide Squad).
The film also sees the return of Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Helen Mirren, who will all reprise their respective roles as members of Dom’s family. Michael Rooker also stars as Buddy.
F9 will race into theaters on May 22, 2020.